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12th Grade ELA Learning Targets

English Lang Arts, 12

(Language) ALT 1 - Words and Syntax

I can select and apply effective words and syntax.

AST 1.1 - Word Choice  :  I can choose words that are thoughtful and precise to establish an appropriate and/or engaging voice.

AST 1.2 - Sentence Structure  :  I can vary sentence structure for effect to enhance my writing. My writing is fluid, not mechanical.

(Language) ALT 2 - Conventions

I can use correct conventions (spelling, punctuation, and grammar) in my writing.

AST 2.1 - Spelling  :  I have strong control over all grade-level spelling and punctuation conventions.

AST 2.2 - Punctuation  :  I can use sentence structure to establish the fluidity of my writing. My writing is more fluid than mechanical.

AST 2.3 - Grammar  :  I have consistent control over basic grammar conventions: subject-verb agreement, independent and dependent clauses, complete sentences (avoiding run-ons and fragments). Errors do not impede readability.

(Reading) ALT 1 - Comprehension

I can demonstrate comprehension of key ideas and details of grade-level literary and informational texts.

AST 1.1 - Inferences  :  I can make inferences using relevant textual evidence (details, examples, information).

AST 1.2 - ID Central Ideas  :  I can summarize the key details and identify the central idea or theme.

(Reading) ALT 2 - Craft and Structure

I can analyze and evaluate an author’s craft and structure.

AST 2.1 - Author's Use of Words  :  I can interpret the author’s use of words and phrases (figurative, connotative, technical) and analyze how they shape meaning and tone.

AST 2.2 - Structure of a Text  :  I can analyze and evaluate how the structure of a text influences its meaning.

AST 2.3 - Narrator's POV  :  I can determine how a narrator’s point of view shapes the content and style of a text (including satire, sarcasm, irony, and understatement); I can recognize the effect of the author’s choices (literary).

AST 2.4 - Author's POV   :  I can identify an author’s point of view and analyze the rhetorical style and its influence (informational).

(Reading) ALT 3 - Evaluating Works

I can evaluate how two or more works address similar themes or topics.

AST 3.1 - Analyze Theme  :  I can analyze the theme in two or more diverse forms, media, or genres and determine which details are emphasized in each account.

AST 3.2 - Validity of Reasoning  :  I can analyze the validity of reasoning and sufficiency of evidence and identify faulty reasoning (informational).

(Speaking-Listening) ALT 1 - Collaborative Discussions 

I can initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.

AST 1.1 - Preparation  :  I can come prepared in order to participate effectively.

AST 1.2 - Working with Peers  :  I can work with peers to set clear goals and guidelines, establishing individual roles as needed.

AST 1.3 - Promote Discussion  :  I can promote discussion by posing and responding to questions that verify or challenge ideas and conclusions.

AST 1.4 - Responding Thoughtfully  :  I can respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives.

(Speaking-Listening) ALT 2 - Presenting Orally

I can present information effectively, using natural and appropriate body language, eye contact, volume, rate of speech, and inflection.

AST 2.1 - Presenting Content Clearly  :  I can present meaningful and appropriate content clearly, concisely, and logically.

AST 2.2 - Body Language-Eye Contact  :  I can use natural, effective body language and appropriate eye contact.

AST 2.3 - Present Information  :  I can present information using diverse formats, including digital media.

AST 2.4 - Command of Formal English  :  I can demonstrate my command of formal English and adapt my speech to a variety of contexts.

(Writing) ALT 1 - Argumentative Writing

I can write an argumentative piece using evidence.

AST 1.1 - Thesis Statement  :  I can independently formulate, support, and communicate a clear, thought-provoking thesis statement/claim in my introduction

AST 1.2 - Claims and Arguments  :  I can organize reasons and apply evidence in support of my claim and develop thorough arguments that run counter to my own, acknowledging strengths and limitations.

AST 1.3 - Transitions  :  I can consistently use a variety of fluid transitions between ideas.

AST 1.4 - Conclusion  :  I can develop a conclusion that connects back to the claim and includes relevant insight.

(Writing) ALT 2 - Informative - Explanatory Writing

I can write an informative/explanatory piece using evidence.

AST 2.1 - Thesis Statement  :  I can independently present a clear and thought-provoking thesis statement in my introduction.

AST 2.2 - Narrative Techniques  :  I can organize my ideas and develop the topic thoroughly with relevant, purposeful, and sufficient concrete details.

AST 2.3 - Transitions  :  I can consistently use a variety of appropriate fluid transitions between ideas.

AST 2.4 - Conclusion  :  I can develop a conclusion that connects back to the topic and includes relevant insight.

(Writing) ALT 3 - Narrative Writing

I can write narrative pieces.

AST 3.1 - Engagement  :  I can creatively engage my audience with my beginning.

AST 3.2 - Narrative Techniques  :  I can use a variety of narrative techniques to develop the plot and/or characters.

AST 3.3 - Sequencing Techniques  :  I can use a variety of effective sequencing techniques to develop plot.

AST 3.4 - Conclusion  :  I can develop a relevant and insightful conclusion/resolution.

(Writing) ALT 4 - Writing Process

I can use the writing process to improve my writing.

AST 4.1 - Pre-Writing Strategies  :  I can consistently use prewriting strategies to plan my writing according to audience and purpose.

AST 4.2 - Revisions and Feedback  :  I can consistently and purposefully make revisions for changes to content independently and in response to feedback.

AST 4.3 - Proofreading  :  I can consistently and purposefully proofread and edit for spelling, punctuation, and grammar independently and in response to feedback.

AST 4.4 - Polished Piece of Writing  :  I can consistently produce a polished piece of writing that is properly formatted.